A congresswoman got to see more than she ever wanted to see of a colleague after he stood up in a Zoom call.
The Republican Congresswoman from Florida, Kat Cammack, was in a meeting about cybersecurity when New Jerseyan and Democratic Congressman Donald Payne Jr. stood up wearing a Captain America shirt that was way too small.
Horrified, Cammack covered her mouth as Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and New York Democrat Yvette Clarke continued to drone on, not noticing the spectacle.
Fellow Florida Republican Brian Mast later slammed Payne’s choice of attire and location.
“If taxpayers are paying you $174,000 per year, getting out of bed and putting some clothes on for work seems like it should be a minimum requirement,” he tweeted.
Another reason Democrats should get off Zoom and back to work. #TheStruggleIsReal pic.twitter.com/92cvxqnEV2— Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne (@RepBethVanDuyne) June 17, 2021
Payne defended his slovenly ways.
As a public servant, my focus has always been the public good and my work to better the lives of my constituents and all Americans, regardless of the circumstances,” he said in a statement.
Payne’s staffers also came to his aid, according to the New York Post.
“It’s no secret that as a diabetic the Congressman has his weight struggles. But we try to stick to policy here in Congress,” wrote Payne legislative director Sam Morgante.
During the meeting with Mayorkas, Payne focused on the January 6 Capitol Riot, deemed an “insurrection” by left wing politicians and media and an event that took place over six months ago.
“Can you assure this committee that DHS failure to issue a threat assessment was not part of an attempt by the Trump administration to leave the Capitol and Congress undefended?” he asked.
Payne, who is 62, was elected in 2012 to fill his father’s seat in office.
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